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       autom4te - Generate files and scripts thanks to M4


       autom4te [OPTION] ... [FILES]


       Run  GNU  M4 on the FILES, avoiding useless runs.  Output the traces if
       tracing, the frozen file if freezing, otherwise the  expansion  of  the

       If  some of the FILES are named `FILE.m4f' they are considered to be M4
       frozen files of  all  the  previous  files  (which  are  therefore  not
       loaded).   If  `FILE.m4f'  is  not  found, then `FILE.m4' will be used,
       together with all the previous files.

       Some files may be optional, i.e., will only be processed  if  found  in
       the  include  path,  but then must end in `.m4?';  the question mark is
       not part of the actual file name.

   Operation modes:
       -h, --help
              print this help, then exit

       -V, --version
              print version number, then exit

       -v, --verbose
              verbosely report processing

       -d, --debug
              don't remove temporary files

       -o, --output=FILE
              save output in FILE (defaults to `-', stdout)

       -f, --force
              don't rely on cached values

       -W, --warnings=CATEGORY
              report the warnings falling in CATEGORY

       -l, --language=LANG
              specify the set of M4 macros to use

       -C, --cache=DIRECTORY
              preserve results for future runs in DIRECTORY

              disable the cache

       -m, --mode=OCTAL
              change the non trace output file mode (0666)

       -M, --melt
              don't use M4 frozen files

   Languages include:
              create Autoconf configure scripts

              create Autotest test suites

       `M4sh' create M4sh shell scripts

              create M4sugar output

   Warning categories include:
              cross compilation issues

       `gnu'  GNU coding standards (default in gnu and gnits modes)

              obsolete features or constructions

              user redefinitions of Automake rules or variables

              portability issues

              dubious syntactic constructs (default)

              unsupported or incomplete features (default)

       `all'  all the warnings

              turn off warnings in CATEGORY

       `none' turn off all the warnings

              treat warnings as errors

       The environment variable `WARNINGS' is honored.

   Library directories:
       -B, --prepend-include=DIR
              prepend directory DIR to search path

       -I, --include=DIR
              append directory DIR to search path

       -t, --trace=MACRO
              report the MACRO invocations

       -p, --preselect=MACRO
              prepare to trace MACRO in a future run

       -F, --freeze
              produce an M4 frozen state file for FILES


       Written by Akim Demaille.


       Report bugs to <>.


       Copyright (C) 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR


       autoconf(1), automake(1), autoreconf(1), autoupdate(1),  autoheader(1),
       autoscan(1), config.guess(1), config.sub(1), ifnames(1), libtool(1).

       The  Debian  project  regards the full documentation for autom4te to be
       non-free, so it is not included in Debian.  Nevertheless, the  non-free
       distribution  that  accompanies  Debian  includes  the  manual  in  its
       autoconf-doc package.   Otherwise,  you  may  be  able  to  access  the
       Autoconf manual online.